Do Not Enter an Unprotected Trench (Poster)

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Summary Statement

A poster that has safety tips for working safely in trenches. Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection' button to access the other items.

For your safety:

  • Slope or bench trench walls, or
  • Shore trench walls with supports, or
  • Shield trench walls with trench boxes.
  • Provide safe access through the use of ladders, ramps or stairways.
  • Keep heavy equipment away from trench edges.
  • Know where underground utilities are prior to digging.
  • Keep excavated or other materials at least 2 feet back from the edge of trench.

OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.